It is a shame when the Christian lives on the edge. By that I mean when you cannot tell if a person is a Christian or not. We have read two examples in Genesis of this edge living; when Abraham and Isaac lived in Gerar. It is an area right on the edge of the Promised Land. In both cases it led to the patriarch’s compromising themselves.
I know what edge living is for my mother often accused me of it when I was growing up. Now in my adult years I realize she had me pegged. This is ordinary behavior for a child. Studies of schoolyards found if there is not fence around the schoolyard the kids tend to play in the center. If there is a fence, the kids tend to play up to the edge of the schoolyard. The conclusion of the study was: Kids always are testing their limits.
Edge sitting always brings compromise, and that leads to heartache. Wouldn’t it be nice if Christians would learn to center themselves in God once and for all, and not be testing their limits!
Jesus said, “Come and see” (John 1:39); “Come to me” (Matt. 11:28); “Follow me” (Luke 18:22); “Abide in me” (John 15:4). These verses all contain simply verbs, but to the sinner they became imperatives. Those who answered his call then began their Christian walk.
There was a passage in last week’s sermon that was a stand out, “Come, you who are blessed by the Lord, he said. Why are you standing out here? I have prepared the house…” (Gen. 24:31). Few passages in the Bible surpass the beauty of this verse.
Our Christian journey began with our response to Jesus simply invitation to come, to follow, to abide. One day, when our pilgrim’s journey is finished, we will hear Jesus say these words to us, “Come, you who are blessed by the Lord. Why are you standing out here? I have prepared the house.”
It will be beautiful,
I don’t know who said this, “There will be no dysfunctional relationships in heaven; where as a functional relationship in hell will never be allowed,” but I agree with it.
I thought about that saying during the week and how we have a lot of dysfunctional relationships around us, and when we occasion upon an example of the functional it really stands out. I concluded that one of the things the Holy Spirit is doing in the sanctification process is teaching us how live a functional life in heaven.
Dysfunctional relationships are caused by sick depraved hearts. If one of those hearts were to make it to heaven, what would that person do there with their black tarred heart? They would seek out dysfunctional relationships and there would be none. Seems such a person would never feel at home.
One of our sayings is, “NVCC, a great place to call home until you go home.” It fits in with what the Holy Spirit is accomplishing in Christian sanctification. The church is helping to prepare us to be functional in heaven.
Happy 237th birthday to our beloved country, The United States of America; may God continue to bless her, and may she have many, many more birthdays!
With that said, it should be of no surprise when I tell you we are breaking from our normal routine today to blend together our service into a celebration of God and our country. This in no way detracts from God for, “He [God] makes nations great, and destroys them; he enlarges nations, and disperses them” (Job 12:23). Our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles and therefore, our founding fathers knew what Job knew. Today we will sing songs like, “My country tis of thee [God] sweet land of liberty of thee I sing,” because we are thankful God founded this country, and we touch base with that thankfulness not only with songs but also with praise to God for establishing America.
This is a great country! We love her, we are proud of her, and we thank God for her. Long may God be honored in our country!